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I'm an academic cardiothoracic surgeon with outstanding leadership qualifications and interests in patient safety, quality of care and accountability in healthcare.


Dr. Krukenkamp graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD with a triple major in Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Zoology, and a minor in Microbiology. After completion of Medical School at University of Maryland in Baltimore with honors, he entered a seven year program of academic surgical training at University of Illinois and the Cook County Hospital in Chicago during which time he completed a Masters of Science degree, and performed two years of cardiac surgical large animal operative and scientific investigative work in pigs, sheep, baboons and dogs. Three years of clinical academic cardiothoracic surgical training were undertaken in the Harvard system at the New England Deaconess Hospital and the Harvard Medical School during which time Dr. Krukenkamp completed an additional year of scientific research training. He accepted an assistant professorship at Harvard and operated at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston for five years at which time he moved to New York as the Cardiothoracic Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of the Heart Center. Dr. Krukenkamp currently holds academic professorships in Surgery, Physiology and Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering. He is an Associate Dean in the School of Medicine, and is the principal investigator and collaborating investigator of four major scientific research projects in basic and translational extramurally funded programs.

Dr. Krukenkamp is a well published expert and senior scientific investigator with over 20 years of basic and clinical research experience, a history of extramural investigator initiated competitive research funding by such agencies as the NIH (National Institutes of Health), NHLBI (National Heart Lung & Blood Institute), AHA (American Heart Association), NSF (National Science Foundation) and others, and he has a publication record exceeding 200 scientific manuscripts, abstracts and national and international scientific conference presentations including a recent scientific presentation at the United Nations (June 2006).

Dr. Krukenkamp has served on scientific review panels for the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) for over 15 years, the American Heart Association, pharmaceutical and device company panels, and on the Board of Directors of the AHA, and other companies (e.g., Astra Zeneca, Raytel & Carbomedics). He has been the chairman of many scientific review committees, and is presently the appointed Chairman of the Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) study section at the NIH – CSR. Dr. Krukenkamp is the immediate past chairman of the SBIR/STTR small business innovation study section at the NIH – CSR evaluating emerging bioengineering technologies. In these capacities, he has written scientific assessments on a broad range of topics outside of the subject matter of the immediate scientific investigations in his own research laboratory. Examples of subjects covered include material sciences, engineered surface blood interfaces, genomics, gene therapy, artificial kidney and heart devices, battery technologies, plastics, steerable catheters, antimicrobial devices, hematological devices and technologies, and many others.

"Doctor K", as he is affectionately known, has served his institution well bringing about many successful endeavors in clinical, academic and administrative areas. Some of these are listed.

Notable Accomplishments:

* Increased cardiac surgical cases from 600/yr to 900+/yr, decreased cost by $10,000/case through clinical resource utilization management, increased service line profitability by over $10M/year, and improved mortality rates to top ten ranking in New York.
* Created Heart Center, and as Director led clinical, financial and legal integration of 5 cardiac surgeons, 75 cardiologists, 350 nurses and various administrative functions.
* Translated academic missions by formation of the Institute for Molecular Cardiology.
* Provided strategic direction and vision to cardiac network development with large private cardiology referral-base and non-state hospital entities, including governmental regulatory, managed care contracting, and legal considerations.
* Provided design oversight and start-up of 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art cath / EP labs, 24/7 holding unit, CCU and step-down facilities.
* Revamped internal procedures and controls, reorganized/reallocated staff and implemented best practices and performance monitoring systems in support of Continuous Improvement.
* Developed and implemented Quality & Safety benchmarks, dashboards and accountability.
* Developed philanthropic fundraising initiatives and directed media branding and events.

Academic Accomplishments:

* Developed 5-year strategic plan for the school of medicine, with emphasis on evolution of the clinical practice plan from 18 independent PCs to a single MSO model.
* Provided oversight and direction to development of an institutional Code of Ethics.
* Developed multidisciplinary research programs with Engineering, Surgery, & Physiology.
* One of less than 20 heart surgeons nationally to be competitively research funded by NIH.

Clinical Accomplishments:

* First to perform “5-in-1” cardiac surgery garnering national/international media coverage.
* First to develop, implement, and promote a patient self-testing & self-monitoring system for coumadin anticoagulation management after mechanical heart valve replacement.
* Introduced Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization (TMR) to region.
* First to perform microwave maze procedure in State of New York.

Community Service:

* Served 15 years as voluntary Chairman and scientific reviewer NIH CSR Study Section.
* President Board of Directors, Long Island American Heart Association; Director, Heritage Affiliate Board of Directors; Director, Heart Council of Long Island.
* Voluntary mentor and host to local high school students for the Intel Science competition.

Irvin B. Krukenkamp, MD, FACS, FAHA


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